Amethyst Recovery Center often recommends that clients detox prior to entering day/night care. This enables them to enter treatment with a clearer head, allowing them to better focus on their recovery. Now, we will be offering access to our very own, state-of-the-art detox facility. Eligible clients who attend our recently initiated detoxification program will also gain access to residential care prior to entering day/night treatment.
Following an initial assessment and evaluation, each client will receive a personalized program of care. We offer this same level of individualization in our day/night and outpatient programs, and believe that this approach to treatment results in the greatest rates of success. Not all clients require detoxification upon entering treatment, but our medical team will determine which individuals would benefit most from starting out on this level of care.
The treatment plan created during intake will not just apply to our detoxification program. Clients will continue along this same individualized program throughout all levels of care. The treatment team will work with the client to make appropriate revisions at each stage. By the time a client graduates detox/residential and moves onto day/night, their program may undergo a few alterations. As they progress to the aftercare stage, they will get another chance to go over their treatment plan and determine whether they need to make any changes before completing the next step of our recovery.
Despite our individualized process, our detox and residential programs do follow a basic structure that will introduce our clients to the fundamental tenets of recovery. Below, we will cover the basic components of both our detox and residential programs before moving on to amenities and ancillary care options.
Since this is a new facility, some details may be subject to change. If you have any questions about our detox/residential unit, please feel free to contact us at any time. We will be happy to provide any information you might need.
Our Detox Program
As of now, our detox and residential programs are not separated from one another, co-habitating the same facility. Our detox program has 20 beds, and generally lasts between one week and ten days, depending upon the client’s needs. Clients detoxing from opioids will receive medicated treatment in the form of Subutex. All clients will receive supportive counseling on a daily basis.
Due to limited space, all detox admissions must obtain approval from our medical director. Those who do not require detoxification cannot stay for the sake of partaking in our amenities (a problem that exists in many other South Florida detox centers). Attendance in detox, and at our supportive counseling sessions, will be subject both to eligibility and physical capability. We believe counseling is important, but we also do not wish to push those who are still overcoming the nastier elements of physical withdrawal.
Given our emphasis on client safety, our detox employs on-call medical staff at all hours of the day. While under our roof, clients will receive close monitoring from our nursing staff and medical director. We also utilize surveillance to ensure that our clients remain safe when otherwise unsupervised. In addition to these safety measures, we have installed fenced and concrete walls along with alarm systems on the windows, to ensure that no unwanted visitors may infiltrate the facility, whether to commit acts of vandalism or to bring in narcotics.
For every twelve clients in our detox level of care, there will be at least one nurse and one other support staff member. We also increase our staff when at capacity. This means that, when all beds are filled, we will have three therapists and seven total staff members on hand to ensure our clients’ well-being. No matter how many beds we fill, we will never be too overbooked to ensure proper care for every client.
We strongly suggest that clients remain in our residential program after completing detox. This two-week program allows clients to remain in the same facility and continue their initial stabilization period prior to their day/night transition. Residential offers another 20 beds, for a total maximum capacity of 40 across the entire facility.
Residential clients will receive greater access to therapy, with caseload three times a week. With an average of eight clients per therapist and weekly one-on-one sessions, this capacity offers a greater opportunity for individualized care.
Each week, we hold both educational groups and process groups in which clients converse about their treatment goals. Outside of caseload, we also offer groups on spirituality, recovery philosophy, cognitive behavioral therapy, neurobiology and addictive behavior. Our nurses offer two weekly groups on the physical effects of drug abuse, and we offer two groups on infectious disease awareness each month, complemented by free STD testing care of the Health Department. We also offer mindfulness and meditation on the weekends, and regular expressive arts courses.
Once a month, we offer a course on nutrition and wellness. Our nutritionist is on site twice per month to perform intake assessments and record each client’s dietary needs and restrictions. If we identify an eating disorder during a client’s initial assessment, the nutritionist will offer individual sessions. We employ a 4-star chef, whose weekly menu allows clients to choose between options for lunch and dinner each week. The menu, which we try to keep seasonal, is approved by the nutritionist. In this way, those with specific dietary needs will not feel neglected by our weekly menu. We also offer a salad bar, and keep our kitchen open 24 hours a day for those in need of water, juice, coffee or other drinks.
While we endeavor to offer healthy eating choices, we also recognize that sweets sometimes help to fight cravings. Clients with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed by our ice cream maker, which comes with an array of toppings. We also offer snacks and desserts at each of our three meal times.
Relaxation depends on more than the ability to snack. Early recovery is sometimes accompanied by a great deal of tension, and we need the ability to seek release. For this reason, our detox center offers massage therapy twice a week. Clients with chiropractic issues, or who simply need an opportunity to de-stress, will find great pleasure in this amenity.
We also find that many people enter recovery with false expectations that their fun days are over. In order to fight this belief, we wish to show our clients that sobriety enhances enjoyment of the little pleasures. Clients can partake in multiple fun activities while staying in our detox facility. Not only does every room include an Xbox, but we also offer hands-on games such as cornhole and ping pong. Additionally, every room comes equipped with TV and cable, as well as art and music. Whether you enjoy cinema, video games, or singing along to your favorite song, you’ll find something in our facility that you can enjoy during your free time.
Do not get the wrong impression. Detox is about more than fun and games. But when we start off treatment on a positive note, we greatly enhance our chances of following through with the rest of the process. Our hope is that those who enter Amethyst’s new detox facility will discover the true joy of sober living. Moreover, those who make use of these ancillary services will find it easier to fight post-acute withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
Start your treatment on the right foot. Detox in peace. And if you encounter any difficulties as the toxins clear your system, we are here to keep you safe. Sobriety doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle. Not with a caring staff like ours to help guide you through it.